Winter weekend getaway in the nation's capital
Cranking the thermostat and staying indoors isn’t the only way to get through winter in Canberra. Temperatures have dropped, sure; but there's no shortage of opportunities to get out and about. From craft markets to warm Irish pubs, use this 48-hour guide curated by Urban Walkabout to keep you entertained (and toasty!) during the cooler months.
Day 1 -Saturday
Breakfast Močan and Green Grout
Pay a visit to Močan and Green Grout, where you can enjoy seasonally driven food and an appreciation for great art and design. Try the smashed eggs with mushroom, goat's curd and black garlic.
If there's one sure-fire activity to take your mind off the cold, it's shopping. Dive into the treasure trove of local craftsmanship and design at Agency, Craft ACT's new store. A carefully curated collection showcases the work of up to 150 local and national Australian artists and designers.
Lunch BentSpoke Brewing Co.
Warm up with a craft beer and a classic pub meal from this microbrewery and taphouse. Sample their specialities with over 18 beer and cider varieties to choose from. All beers and ciders are crafted in an open plan brewery, so beer enthusiasts won’t be leaving this local favourite in a hurry.
Afternoon National Gallery of Australia
The ideal place to while away a chilly afternoon – immerse yourself in Australia's national collection of classic and modern art. You can always find out what's on the NGA through their website.
Canberra's newest Japanese restaurant boasts stencilled anime images on the walls, movable birch timber walls and a sophisticated dining experience. Try the duck breast sukiyaki, or if you're brave, the ox tongue with pickled Daikon, and Sansho Shichimi salt.
Bar Molly Speakeasy
Molly Speakeasy is as authentic as they come, with even the point of sale hidden away in an attempt to strip the bar of technology. Once you find the location (the only indication is a set of coordinates outlining its location), sip gin and vermouth, enjoy one of Canberra's finest range of whiskies and snack on French, Dutch or Italian charcuterie platters.
Day 2 - Sunday
Breakfast Silo Bakery
Heralded by the Sydney Morning Herald as Canberra’s best bakery, Kingston’s Silo will arm you against the cold with a flaky croissant and a velvety coffee. If you’re after something heartier, try the chilli jam eggs with tomato.
Morning Old Bus Depot Markets
Rug up and take a stroll through the Bus Depot markets, where hoards of handcrafted wares, clothing, fine food and jewellery are waiting to be discovered. On August 16, browse the aisles of collectibles and antiques at the final Portobello Road event for the year.
Load up on chilli to ward off the cold at Morks, a family-owned Thai restaurant focusing on authenticity and freshness. Find a stirring mix of flavoursome ingredients on a menu that changes daily, always emphasizing the diversity of Thai cuisine.
Afternoon High Tea at Terrace Café
The newest spot to open up in Old Parliament House, the Terrace Café boasts a brand new refurbishment and a menu full of sweet treats. Try a green tea latte or a cocoa and maple milkshake, alongside a scrumptious high tea menu served on weekends for $49 per person.
Where to stay this winter
Research and browse the largest listing of Canberra accommodation options to plan a foodie weekend in the nation's capital. Or, call our Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on 1300 554 114 for excellent local knowledge. Call on Friday afternoons and ask for last minute deals. Some are better than you'll find on online booking sites!